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USA senators worry about rush over healthcare bill ahead of release

Before enacting the Affordable Care Act in 2009, Democrats in Congress held many hearings over many months so that the bill could be carefully considered.”Republicans are writing their healthcare bill under the cover of darkness because they are ashamed of it”, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer charged. Pence and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price both attended the Republican senators’ lunch Tuesday in a show of support.The Read the Bills Resolution would require legislation, resolutions, amendments and conference reports to be filed for one day for every 20 pages before they can be taken up.”This radical departure from normal procedure, on a bill of such effect”, Schumer said as Democrats held the floor with a series of speeches Monday night, “leaves the Senate minority little choice but to depart from normal procedure as well”.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his lieutenants worked in secret for weeks on the bill and he said debate on it would start next week. In addition, a growing number of Republicans are frustrated with the process, saying they may have just a few days to study the draft before being forced to vote on a major piece of legislation.Medicaid spending growth: The Senate bill will still contain the House’s per-capita cap for federal Medicaid spending.Axios said Senate aides do not believe they will be able to tie that anti-abortion restriction onto the new subsidy structure, and that a backup plan is to reduce the existing amount of financial aid given Obamacare customers.More than 700,000 Pennsylvanians became eligible for Medicaid due to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, which allowed states to expand coverage to non-elderly individuals earning above the federal poverty level.About 23 million people could lose coverage under the House plan, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.Collins said she would weigh the CBO’s upcoming assessment of the Senate bill’s impact on costs and coverage.We know it will be at least as cruel as the House Bill recently passed, and it will devastate our caring communities if it passes the Senate. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday afternoon.An exact reason for the secretive meetings or discussions between Senate Republicans, led by Majority Leader and Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, has not been fully explained, but one nonprofit group alleged one motive: political campaign contributions.But even some Republicans appeared upset that the bill was drafted behind closed doors by just 13 GOP lawmakers.But it was unclear if, or how, the Senate would follow the House’s path and forbid the use of health care tax credits to buy coverage that includes abortions. Like the House bill, the Senate plan would repeal or delay those tax boosts. A vote could come as soon as the following Thursday. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said it would be “a non-starter” if the developing bill’s subsidies are as large as Obama’s.